The Friends of Congress Square Park

The park in the heart of downtown Portland, Maine
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The Friends of Congress Square Park

Congress Square Park selected for Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grant in partnership with Project for Public Spaces!

Congress Square Park will receive expanded amenities and programming as part of the Heart of the Community program. Southwest Airlines and Friends of Congress Square Park will lead the initiative to further revitalize the space through a combination of programming support and activations to encourage an area that attracts resident and supports local business and cultural institutions.

“Cities are more than destinations—they are places of human connections and livelihood,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO of Southwest Airlines.  “Our Purpose at Southwest is to connect People to what’s important in their lives.  What better way to do that than by helping to create more access to our public spaces where communities can come together?”

Congress Square Park is one of six public spaces across the country selected through a competitive application process. Proposed projects are evaluated in terms of preliminary work and preparedness, capacity for local impact, potential for large-scale public-private partnerships, and strength of the commitment demonstrated by local partners.

The Friends of Congress Square Park are thrilled to be be part of the Heart of the Community program.  Stay tuned for more information about our 2015 placemaking plans!

Want to get involved in Placemaking in Congress Square? Join us!

The Friends of Congress Square Park is a volunteer run organization.  Our dedicated volunteers – neighbors just like you – make it all possible.  There are lots of ways for you to get involved in activating this important community gathering place – putting out tables & chairs, greeting at events, placemaking data collection, social media marketing. Become part of this inspiring community effort!

Contact us today to get involved at


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Where is Congress Square?

Located at the crossroads of Congress Street and High Street, Congress Square Park is one of the most visible of Portland, Maine’s parks.

Congress Square Park has long been a hub of outdoor arts activities ever since its inception. As Portland’s only park with a landscaped amphitheater-performance stage and its location directly across from the Portland Museum of Art, Congress Square Park proudly bears the distinction as The Heart of the Arts District.

map of downtown Portland Maine, featuring the heart of the arts district, Congress Square Park

Map from the City of Portland Vision Statement: A Plan for the Arts District.